Mass extinctions, diversification, and the nature of paleontoloy


Patterns of extinction and diversification in the Phanerozoic can be accounted for by stochastic models. This result may suggest that these general patterns of biotic evolution represent a huge number of largely independent processes rather than singular processes. Therefore, paleontologists should focus on individual events and chains of events rather than on the general patterns.

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Mass extinctions; Diversification; Phanerozoic.

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